Nalini Singh returns to the world of the Guild Hunters for the most highly anticipated novel of the beloved series—a love story so epic it’s been half a millennia in the making…
Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they’ve been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before—before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost—his relationship with Illium.
As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them—or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal…but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.
Singh's slow-burning 14th Guild Hunter paranormal romance (after Archangel's Sun) focuses on the blossoming love between best friends and fan favorite characters Illium and Aodhan. China is still scarred by the evils of its former archangel, the late Lijuan. When Aodhan heads to China to serve as a potential second to Suyin, the country's new archangel, Illium feels betrayed and abandoned, and the men's friendship is fractured. Now, at Archangel Raphael's instruction, Illium arrives in China to serve alongside Aodhan in transitioning the land to its new leadership. As Suyin takes their court to a new citadel, Illium and Aodhan help with the move. Proximity drives the best friends to confront their long-buried issues while investigating a hunch that Lijuan may still reign from beyond the grave. As the duo track down Lijuan's remaining supporters and begrudgingly work to rebuild their troubled relationship, Singh teases out their will-they-won't-they romance and masterfully balances the love story with the complex paranormal plot. Fans will be delighted. Agent: Nephele Tempest, the Knight Agency.
I loved this so much. Illium and Aodhan are perfect together. I loved the flashbacks to their childhood and past. They were so adorable as kids! I’m also glad we learned the full story of what happened to Aodhan. It was so sad but his frustration and outbursts made sense. And I loved the insight we got into Illium. I loved seeing him so vulnerable. I never truly realized how all of the traumas from his past truly effected him as a person. This book provided great insights to them individually and to their shared friendship. Even though the romance didn’t occur until the last few chapters, the story was amazing. Plus I heard they would get more books so I’m excited! I also liked the subplot surrounding the abandoned village and everything they found there. Interested to see how that storyline evolves. I also loved Suyin a lot. I hope she gets a book in the future too. Overall, great addition to the series. Can’t wait for the next book.
I’ve been waiting for Illium and Aodhan’s love story since Illium first realized what Aodhan really meant to him. NS as usual did not disappoint. Beautiful story, completely true to the characters. Real Guild Hunter fans will love this book!
Love really really Love reading this book I’m been waiting and waiting to read about Aodhan and Illium and the wait was worth it. I like reading about this series a lot. I enjoy reading from the first page to the last.